It had been weighed, and it had been measured…and unfortunately, the print was found wanting at this past weekend’s juried photography show. Haha I’m not too upset about it though. Art shows, such as the one I put this print in, are a great experience all around. Not to sound cliché, but I’m trying to look on the bright side of things. Silver lining and all that.
1) This juried photo show was an opportunity for networking.
2) It allows me to continue to build ties with my local art community center, who hosted the show.
3) My print was hanging next to a winning image…lots of exposure.
I know it seems like such a simple concept, but finding the positives in a situation can be one of the most difficult things to do. That being said, it’s important to remember, we all face adversity in life, and most of the time, we have little control over the outside forces involved. We can only truly control how we react.
According to an article released by the Mayo Clinic, you can definitely develop the habit of positive thinking, which is linked to several health benefits (including longer life, reduced stress, and better psychological/physical well-being). It’s no different than adopting any other new habit. Here are some tips:
- Identify areas to change. If you want to become more optimistic and engage in more positive thinking, first identify areas of your life that you typically think negatively about, whether it’s work, your daily commute or a relationship, for example. You can start small by focusing on one area to approach in a more positive way.
- Check yourself. Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you’re thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
- Be open to humor. Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle. Exercise at least three times a week to positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn to manage stress.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
- Practice positive self-talk. Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you.
To read the whole article, go here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009
In the meantime, just know that I think you’re awesome. I mean, you’re here…reading this…that’s a clear sign that you are intelligent, witty and kind.
Furthermore, for those of you who have the opportunity to have your art judged, or to get some constructive feedback, I highly recommend doing it. Remember, there will always be room for improvement, no matter who you are. Feedback will help us grow. Just try to learn from the critique, without forgetting the positive things about your images. Because…you know…did I mention you’re awesome?